Saturday, November 15, 2008

God Prepares Work for Us in Advance

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10, NIV).

Today, I witnessed a group of saved men doing good works. These men came to New Life Theological Seminary and worked a long hard day of painting, carpentering, and doing general repairs. These men did not come and work because they had to in order to be saved; they did it because they were already saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

You see, when Jesus saves us, he creates us anew to do good works, works that God prepared in advance for us to do. These men of varying ages came to our Seminary, having only heard of the work we are doing, but knowing very little about us. They knew we were doing God's will, and they knew we had a need. They may not have known that God had chosen them for this task in advance!

The work we do is not a means of earning our salvation. We are saved through faith because of what Jesus Christ has already done on our behalf. Out of deep heartfelt gratitude for this wonderful gift we have received, we desire to give to God out of a heart filled with appreciation and admiration. When a person is truly saved and living daily in a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ, he will look for work to do in the Kingdom of God. He will do it for little or no recognition, appreciation, or pay. A man in a personal relationship with Jesus will do this because he feels that he has already been blessed more than he can ever repay.

Do you know what good work God has prepared in advance for you to do today? Remember, you are God's worker, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, so whatever God has prepared for you to do, do it.

Prayer: “Lord, I thank you for saving me. Reveal to me the good work you have prepared for me and grant me the wisdom and fortitude to do it. Amen.”

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